Tuned In

  • Mary Fahl

  • Kalliope Jones

  • The Essex Green Photo by Meg Rupert

  • Money Chicha

Published: 7/27/2018 9:04:37 AM

Need to free your mind for a little while? The first annual Greenfield Psych Fest is here to help.

It’s a one-day music gathering with two floors full of music at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield on Sunday, from noon until 9 p.m.

Headlining is the Austin-based quintet Money Chicha, a psychedelic chicha/cumbia offshoot of Grupo Fantasma and Brownout/Brown Sabbath. Members of the band have backed up Prince, GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan, Daniel Johnston and others, and their collective sound features fiery guitar, Farfisa organ, Latin percussion and lots of groove.

Other featured acts include Bunnies, the local mind-expanding experimental/prog band fronted by Jeremy Dubs; Boston trio Trinary System, led by post-punk legend Roger Miller (Mission of Burma, Birdsongs of the Mesozoic, Alloy Orchestra); multi-instrumentalist Ralph White, formerly of the group Bad Livers, who plays banjo, accordion, guitar, fiddle, thumb pianos “and anything else he gets his hands on”; and Greenfield’s own World Eaters, a nine-piece polyrhythmic psych-punk/cumbia/jazz band with horns (includes members of Shokazoba, Vimana and Holy Vex; “Where punk, psych & metal meet cumbia, Afro, Middle Eastern taqsim, free-jazz and more”).

Also performing are locals Hevvi Synthia (“a romp in the wading pool of dark dream matter”), Bromp Treb (the long-running music/sound/performance project of artist Neil Cloaca Young, using samples, tapes, voice and percussion), Rebel Base (space-metal duo from Greenfield), and Tarp (local improv duo of Josh Burkett and Conrad Capistran), plus deejays between bands (Rec & Krefting, the Peace & Rhythm crew (Studebaker Hawk, Bongohead), and others).

Vocalist Mary Fahl (at left, formerly of October Project), performs at The Iron Horse in Northampton tonight, Friday, at 7 p.m.

Heavy Blanket is a psychedelic instrumental power trio of guitarist J Mascis (Dinosaur Jr), bassist Kevin Sweeney (J Mascis & the Fog) and drummer LA Herb. The show will be LOUD. Bring EARPLUGS. Opening the show is J’s Deep Wound bandmate Scott Helland and his Guitarmy of One. At The Root Cellar in Greenfield tonight, Friday, at 8 p.m.

Samirah Evans and Molly Steinmark are the vocalists featured at the latest Ladies in Jazz concert at the Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center on Friday at 8 p.m.

Oddball NYC art rock octet Ecce Shnak plays the Rendezvous in Turners Falls on Friday at 9:30 p.m.

Kalliope Jones (at right) headline their “Summer Sounds” show, which also features fellow young bands Raspberry Jam and ZoKi, plus a youth/teen open mic (which might include music or poetry or anything else the signer-uppers want to do). At Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.

Multi-instrumentalist Ralph White has been called a "folk/noise/avant-whatever genius,” known for his time in the punk bluegrass outfit Bad Livers and his solo work in the stylistic neighborhood of Dock Boggs, and he’ll play an in-store at Mystery Train in Amherst on Saturday at 6 p.m. It’s a free event, but donations are accepted.

Boston-based groovy Americana trio Cold Chocolate bring their three-part harmonies and tight musicianship to the 1794 Meetinghouse in New Salem on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Grammy award-winning guitarist/vocalist Gary Clark Jr. plays Look Park’s Pines Theater on Monday at 7 p.m.

The Essex Green (at right) are a beguiling indie trio from Brooklyn with many a fine release on the Elephant 6, Kindercore and Merge labels. They’ve returned after a long hiatus with a new album (“Hardly Electronic”) and will appear at The Iron Horse on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. Locals King Radio start off the night.

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